Each year, millions of Americans are left unable to work due to a mental or physical condition. This inability to work can significantly limit those individuals’ resources for income and can often leave them dependent on Social Security Disability Benefits to make ends meet.
Many citizens question what qualifies an individual for these benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) explains that in order to be eligible for Social Security Disability, the applicant must suffer from a condition that has persisted for more than one year and significantly limits the claimant’s ability to work. Furthermore, the applicant must have worked long enough to draw benefits and must also meet certain income requirements.
If an individual meets the required standards, they can apply to receive benefits. During this process, the individual and their claim will be examined and scrutinized. The SSA is currently facing a backlog of claims and a decision on an application could take up to a year to process.
It is important for applicants to remember that most claims are initially denied. Seventy percent of all applications put in over recent years were rejected by claims processors.
The MA Personal Injury Lawyers with Jason Stone Injury Lawyers acknowledge how complex applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be. The firm is here to help anyone considering applying for benefits, or those who have a claim that was denied in the past.